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Betty LaFee, 77, of Huron

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 13th, 2013

HURON — Betty LaFee, 77, of Huron, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at her home.  Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Jean Mornard officiating.  Burial will be in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Kuhler Funeral Home.  Memorials may be directed to PEO Chapter Ch, Grace Episcopal Church, Center for Independence or HRMC Hospice. 

Visit www. kuhlerfuneralhome.com.

Betty Caryl Porath was born June 20, 1935, to Robert C. and Sylvia (Lemke) Porath in Spearfish. When she was five, her family moved to a farm near Ortley.

Betty attended rural school in Blooming Valley Township #1, for her first eight years.  She then attended Waubay High School, graduating in 1953.  While attending high school she lived with various families in Waubay and worked for her room and board.

She married Kenneth Hagedorn in Huron in 1957.  They had one son, Scott Hagedorn. Kenneth Hagedorn died in 1959.  On Nov. 28, 1963, Betty married Glen LaFee at Huron.  Glen later adopted Scott.  They had one daughter, Jean Marie, who died in 1996 at the age of 31.

She moved to Huron in 1955 and went to work for South Dakota Farmers Union.  Later she was employed by GMAC, Bureau of Reclamation and Western Area Power Administration.  She retired in 1998.

She had been active in Mid Dakota ARC of Huron, and served on the State Board of Directors for many years.  She was a member of NARF, AARP, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, RSVP, Grace Episcopal Church, PEO Chapter CH, Nordby Fitness Center.

Betty enjoyed sewing, reading, spending time with many friends and traveling.  She was an RSVP volunteer in Jeanie Salter’s third grade classroom at Washington Grade School for all of her years at Washington School.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her son, Scott LaFee of Huron; grandson, Tyler LaFee of Brookings; two sisters, Marilyn Haskell of Rapid City and Dee (David) Gill of Blackduck, Minn.; two brothers, Gordon Porath of Blackduck, Minn. and Russell (Joan) Porath of Watertown; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Kenneth Hagedorn and Glen LaFee; daughter, Jean LaFee; two sisters-in-law, Judie Porath and Mary Ann Gogolin; and two brothers-in-law, Eugene Anderson and Stephen Haskell.

Paid obituary.

For the complete article see the 03-12-2013 issue.

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